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50 years have passed since the death of Frantz Fanon. Born in 1925 in the French colony of Martinique, his experiences under colonialism would yield two of the most influential texts in anti-colonial revolutionary thought: Black Skin, White Masks (1952), and The Wretched of the Earth (1961). Today, Fanon is one of the most widely influential theorists and revolutionary activists, impacting struggles in Iran, South Africa and the Middle East. But is he still relevant in The Caribbean?

12/2/2011
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
9:00am-5:30pm
Where: The Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium
The College of The Bahamas
Nassau
Contact: 302-4381

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On 6 December 2011, 50 years will have passed since the death of Frantz Fanon. Born in 1925 in the French colony of Martinique, Fanon's personal experiences of everyday life under colonialism would yield two of the most influential texts in anti-colonial revolutionary thought: Black Skin, White Masks (1952), and The Wretched of the Earth (1961).

Frantz Fanon is today one of the most widely known and influential Caribbean born theorists and revolutionary activists. His life and work, moving from the French Caribbean, to metropolitan France to Algeria in North Africa would have an impact on anti -colonial, anti-racist and liberation struggles as far and wide as Iran, South Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean and the United States. But what of his impact on/in the Caribbean region of his birth? Can Fanon's work speak to the Caribbean's contemporary challenges: labor and migration; capitalism and globalization; and post-911 geopolitics? Can we trace Fanon's influence in the long struggle for Caribbean independence and sovereignty? Is Fanon relevant to examinations of the crucial foundations of Caribbean societies: slavery and the slave economy; colonialism and resistance to colonialism; race and the development of Creole society?

This event hosted at The College of The Bahams is co-sponsored by the Schools of English Studies and Communication and Creative Arts.

 

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